Online no-cost nuclear energy course covers key facts and issues

July 27, 2023, 9:30AMNuclear News

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Clean Air Task Force are offering a three-day course “Nuclear Energy in a Low-Carbon Future: Key Facts and Issues” on August 1–3. The course is organized by MIT’s Jacopo Buongiorno, Tokyo Electric Power Company Professor in Nuclear Engineering and director of science and technology for the university’s Nuclear Reactor Laboratory.

The daily schedule runs from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on the first two days and 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on the third day.

The in-person version of the course is fully booked, but slots for remote attendance are still available—at no cost. Registration is required by completing a registration form.

Details: The course has been offered jointly by MIT and the CATF since 2019. It is intended to provide an opportunity for interested participants to improve their knowledge of nuclear energy technologies and their potential roles in addressing important social needs, especially responses to climate change.

The course has been popular with members of federal and state governments, media, nongovernmental organizations, and investment communities, according to an MIT announcement.

Subject matter: Sessions offered over the three days include the following:

  • Nuclear and climate change.
  • Nuclear power plant basics.
  • Nuclear safety.
  • Nuclear energy–the Finnish example.
  • Nuclear and hydrogen production.
  • Current global state of nuclear energy.
  • The cost challenge.
  • Nuclear waste.
  • Advanced reactors and advanced fuels.
  • History of public perception.
  • Nonproliferation issues.
  • Fusion energy.
  • Radiation health science.
  • Public opinion and nuclear: U.S. and global trends.

An optional tour of the MIT reactor will take place at the end of the third day of the course. Preregistration for the tour is also required.

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